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Ayurveda And Herbs

The term, Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit word “Ayur”, meaning ‘life’ or ‘longevity’, and “veda”, meaning ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’ or ‘spiritual science’

Ayurveda is a complete body of knowledge and profound wisdom about how to live achieving health (swasthya) and longevity through a union of physical, emotional and spiritual balance in order to attain Moksha(enlightenment).

We all are born with our own particular balance of doshas, which creates our constitution, and that remains unaltered throughout our lives. The predominant dosha (or doshas) determines our physique, our mental and emotional tendencies and our predisposition to certain health problems. We generally have a predominance of one or two of the doshas. To live balanced and healthy life we have to ensure that are doshas are in balance. Through meditation, healthy eating , inhalation and massages we can work upon ourselves to balance our doshas.

The following are doshas that are created

  • Ether and air create the air principle, Vata
  • Fire and Water yield the fire principle, Pitta
  • Earth and Water produce the water principle, Kapha

Ayurveda

Doshas

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VATA

A combination of ether and air, Vata is the principle of movement. The word Vata means ‘Wind’, from the Sanskrit root va, meaning blow, direct, move or command. Vata is our life force (Prana), derived primarily from the breath.

Qualities

Dry, Hard, Cold, Mobile, Light, Subtle, Irregular, Rough, Sharp and Clear

PITTA

PITTA

Pitta is a combination of the elements of fire and water. It is the principle of transformation and heat because it is responsible for all chemical and metabolic conversions in the body that create energy and heat. All Pitta’s processes involve digestion or cooking, including the ‘cooking’ of thoughts into theories in the mind.

Qualities

Oily, Sharp, Hot, Soft, Light, Smooth, Subtle, Clear, Flowing, Malodorous and Mobile

KAPHA

KAPHA

Kapha is a combination of earth and water, the principle of potential energy , of growth and protection. Kapha is responsible for the body’s nourishment and makes up the bulk of our structure – the bones, muscles, tissues, cells and body fluids.

Qualities

Wet, Static, Cold, Dull, Gross, Soft, Dense, Cloudy, Smooth and Heavy